In football, Czech manager Pavel Vrba has called up three extra Sparta Prague players for upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Sweden. The call ups have come for Martin Frýdek, Lukáš Maraček, and Jakub Brabec. Mareček and Brabec have been selected for the full team for the first time. All three have impressed for Sparta in the Czech league and in the team’s triumphant Europa League run to the last eight of the competition. The Czech Republic plays Scotland on Thursday and five days later travel to Stockholm for the game against Sweden.
Football club Sparta Prague defeated crosstown rivals Slavia in their 285th derby on Sunday, coming back from a goal down to win 3:1. Škoda put the guests at Letná in front early in the first half. But Sparta came back in the final 45 minutes, getting goals from Lafata, Costa and Zahustel. Sparta remain six points behind league-leaders Plzeň but have a game in hand.
In football, Czech club Sparta Prague have been drawn against Spanish team Villarreal in the last eight of the Europa League. The first leg will be held in Spain on April 7 with the return in Prague a week later. Sparta qualified for the quarterfinals after a magnificent 3:0 away win against Lazio Rome on Thursday night. That translated into a 4:1 win on aggregate.
In football, Sparta Prague are through to the last eight of the Europa League after a fantastic 3:0 away win against Lazio Rome on Thursday night. Sparta racked up a three goal lead in the first half with goals from Dočkal, Krekčí, and Juliš. Sparta defended for most of the second half against heavy pressure from the Italian Serie A team. Sparta go through to the next round with an aggregate 4:1 win. The draw for the next round takes places Friday with Sparta having the possibility of a big name team such as Liverpool, Dortmund, or Sevilla.
Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický’s recovery from a recent muscle injury has been going better than initially expected, national team coach Pavel Vrba confirmed in Prague on Tuesday, discussing the line-up for upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Sweden. According to Vrba, Rosický (who plays for London football club Arsenal) has gotten off the exercise bike and begun running again. Vrba has been in regular contact with the player, he made clear; he expressed the hope that Rosický (who is national team captain) could still make a full recovery in time for Euro 2016 in France.
Sparta Prague drew 1:1 with Lazio Rome in the first leg at home of the last 16 round of the Europa League. Sparta went ahead early with a superb strike by Frýdek in the 17th minute. Lazio’s Parolo equalized from close range in the 38th minute after a scramble in the goalmouth. Lazio had most of the pressure in the second half with Lazio’s Candreva hitting the post in the 58th minute. Sparta now have to score at least one goal in Rome in a week to go through to the last eight of the competition for the first time.
In football, Sparta Prague face Lazio Rome at home in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night. Coach Zděnek Šcasný says he will not be underestimating the Italian team although they are only eighth place in the Seria A league. He says he was impressed by Lazio’s last Europa League performance against Turkish side Galatasary. Šcasný refused to comment on whether Sparta top striker David Lafata will play from the start. The return leg will be played in Rome on March 17. Sparta have never made it to the last eight of the Europa League.
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